Interview With Lynnette McFadzen, President BiNet USA

Amy, Mick, Becca and Elizabeth have a chat with the new President of BiNet USA, Lynnette McFadzen
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Welcome Home Lynnette McFadzen, BiNet USA President

“Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them”, The Movement Advancement Project (MAP): This 2016 report illustrates how, while more than half of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community identifies as bisexual, bisexual people experience alarming rates of invisibility, societal rejection, violence, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health—often at rates higher than their lesbian and gay peers.

“Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans”,The Movement Advancement Project (MAP): To coincide with Celebrate Bisexuality Day 2014, BRC and BiNet USA partnered with MAP to help disseminate the new report that highlights the severe physical and mental health and economic disparities that the bisexual community experiences. The report also makes recommendations to improve research, bi visibility and encourages LGBT organizations to become culturally competent on bi community issues.

“Supporting and Caring for Our Bisexual Youth”, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC): This report highlights findings about bisexual youth that it gathered from its 2012 survey of 10,000 LGBT youth. shares important information about social disengagement, differences around coming out, lack of knowledge about programs and services that target LGBT youth, and much more. Many of the findings coincide with research about bisexual adults, so we can see how early some of these trends begin. HRC is launching the report with the support of the BRC and BiNet USA.

“Accelerating Bi+ Acceptance” GLAAD Social Media Guide can be downloaded on from this page

welcome-lynnette-blog-graphicPhoto:Lynnette McFadzen (with purple hair on the right) at the 2016 Bisexual Community Briefing at the White House with Bisexual Resource Center co-president Heather Benjamin.

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the price you pay for owning everything

“The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that.

Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not.

Racism is an insidious cultural disease.
It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you.

Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation.
Privilege is another.
Access is another.
Ignorance is another.
Apathy is another.
And so on.

So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into.
It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe.

It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world.

It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.”

— Scott Wood

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Digital Hygiene For The Everyday Bisexual Activist

Join Lynnette as we learn how to protect our online presence, With Tom Limoncelli, author and speaker on many topics including system administration, time management, and grassroots organizing. Faith Cheltenham, bisexual activist and President of Binet USA. And Loraine Hutchins, bisexual activist, author and co-editor of Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out.
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BiCast Computer and Web Trainings plus Digital Hygiene Resources

Basic digital hygiene is about Passwords, Updates, and Phishing.

Tip #1: Protect your passwords:

  • Enable “2-factor authentication” (2FA)
  • Use a different password for each service.
  • Longer passwords that are easy to remember (a sentence or a song lyric).
  • Use a password manager to remember all your passwords for you.

Tip #2: Keep your computer/phone up to date:

  • Enable automatic updates when possible. Less work for you!
  • Run a good anti-Virus package (see below)
  • Mac: Use the Apple-> App Store -> Updates
  • Windows: Start menu, type “updates” and use the update center.
  • iPhone: Settings -> Updates
  • Android: My Apps (see this article)

Tip #3: Avoid being “phished”: (links that trick you into entering your password)

Email providers that are “above average” more secure:

  • Gmail.com
  • Outlook.com
  • Apple iCloud / Mail App
  • (In all cases, enable “Two Factor Authentication”)

Anti-Virus Software:

  • Stick with the “big names”: McAfee, Symantec Norton, Kaspersky, Avast
  • Reviews: link

Password Managers:

Phone Charger Condoms: (Turns a USB charging cable into a “charge only” cable, stopping any sync/data)

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The BiCast is a project sponsored by BiNet USA
A 501(c)(3) non-profit advocating for bisexual communities in the U.S

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Interview with Aunna Dennis

Elizabeth talks with Aunna Dennis. National Coordinator, Legal Mobilization Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
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https://lawyerscommittee.org/staff/aunna-dennis/
https://lawyerscommittee.org/

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Interview: Bi+/ Trans Activist Colleen McTigue

Lynnette speaks with Colleen about the holidays and the state of the Trans community post election.
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Alternatives to calling the police

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LGBTQIA Youth “Your Virtual Holiday Mom”

Showing Up For Racial Justice Thanksgiving Guide

SURJ Holiday Hotline: When you get stuck during Thanksgiving conversations, SURJ has you covered. Simply text SOS (with no quotation marks!) to 82623, and we’ll send you some key talking points that tend to come up in these tough conversations. If you get *really* stuck, we’ll even hop on the phone with you for a short 1:1 coaching call. It’s vital for white people to break white silence about the danger of Trump’s presidency — we we’ll make sure you have the tools you need to have those conversations over the holidays!

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Bi Comics: Sonya Saturday

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Bi Health: Disability And Bisexuality With Kate Caldwell

Lynnette talks with Kate Caldwell about a rarely discussed topic “Bisexuality and Disability”

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We Exist: Intersectional In/Visibility in Bisexuality & Disability

Kate Caldwell Website

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